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NCAA Names Giannini Chair of Prestigious Postseason Football Licensing Subcommittee

Sept. 19, 2006

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Richard C. Giannini, Director of Athletics at The University of Southern Mississippi since 1999, was recently named as the chair of the prestigious NCAA Postseason Football Licensing Subcommittee for the next two years.

Giannini has represented Conference USA on the NCAA Championship Cabinet for the past two-years and is a member of the Football Postseason Committee. Giannini will serve a two-year term as the chair until the fall of 2008. The committee includes one representative from each conference in the NCAA Bowl Championship Division. Its charge is to review applications for certification from postseason football contests and make recommendations to the cabinet; and to monitor and make recommendations regarding legislation related to certified football contests.

"I look forward to working with Richard as chair of the NCAA Postseason Football Licensing Subcommittee," says Dennis Poppe, the NCAA Managing Director of Baseball and Football. "It is a well-deserved honor, and I know he will serve college football interests well."

Giannini has served as chair of the C-USA Athletics Director Football and Bowl Committee for the past several years and is a member of the Bowl Championship Series Athletics Directors Advisory Committee. He also spent a four-year term on the Football Issues Committee. Giannini served as the president of Raycom Management Group in the late 1980's and early 1990's, and founded The Blockbuster Bowl in Miami, Fla., in 1990. The bowl has since moved to Charlotte, N.C., and is now The Meineke Car Care Bowl.

"I really enjoy being deeply involved in college football and the issues surrounding postseason play," added Giannini. "We have a well-respected group of athletic directors and administrators on the committee, and Dennis Poppe and the NCAA staff provide great assistance. I look forward to also working with the 32 bowls in the next two years."

Mark Womack, Associate Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, just completed a two-year stint as chair of the Football Postseason Subcommittee. The Cabinet and Subcommittee will hold its next meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., Sept. 19-20.

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